clam·​shell | \ ˈklam-ˌshel How to pronounce clamshell (audio) \

Definition of clamshell

1 : the shell of a clam
2a : a bucket or grapple (as on a dredge) having two hinged jaws
b : an excavating machine having a clamshell
c : either of a pair of doors (as in an airplane tail) that open out and away from each other
d : a hinged container, case, or cover that opens like the shell of a clam

Examples of clamshell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the trap’s big, clamshell-like closing motion is an obvious sign that the signal has gotten through. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 1 Mar. 2022 The Cielo is not a conventional roadster, instead carrying a folding two-piece roof beneath the power-opening rear clamshell compartment. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 25 May 2022 Enlarge / HP's clamshell goes up to 512GB of storage, 16GB of memory, and 1920×1080 resolution. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 5 May 2022 If the cast of characters in the opening chapters were clamshell dredges, tugboats and now divers, the next episodes will feature attorneys and, perhaps most crucially, disputes over responsibility and costs. Hayes Gardner, Baltimore Sun, 20 Apr. 2022 From a hardware perspective, a clamshell laptop with a real keyboard still provides a utility that a tablet does not, even if that tablet has an accessory keyboard. Lauren Goode, Wired, 9 Mar. 2022 In many cases, kitchen shears are far superior to a knife, making quick work of a clamshell full of chives and swiftly trimming excess pie dough. Bon Appétit, 16 Mar. 2022 In May, the AMD version of the L13 will start at $799 for the clamshell and $979 for the Yoga. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 15 Mar. 2022 Beneath the rear clamshell is a 385 hp, 4.0-liter V-12 engine mounted transversely behind the driver in a box-section chassis perforated like Swiss cheese to enhance lightness. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 17 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of clamshell

circa 1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Jun 2022

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“Clamshell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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